Autumn Gardening Holiday        

October 11th - 16th  2015

Berriedale, Whitehaven
Enid and John Stanborough’s large cottage style garden is divided into several areas including Japanese, wildlife, patio, large vegetable garden with fruit trees, show class vegetables and flowers.  There is a large front garden, two lawns surrounded by flower borders and a small pond, plus a larger pond and a greenhouse of fuchsias.

Woodend House, Egremont
Grainne and Richard Jacobson’s secluded garden, set against a backdrop of mature trees, has a style of planting that is relaxed and colour themed with a number of unusual plants.  The garden is mainly on a slope and surrounds an attractive Georgian house with meandering gravel paths.  This wildlife friendly garden includes a small pond, wild flower meadow and a small section of native woodland.

Lowther Castle Gardens, Penrith
The ruined castle and gardens at Lowther are being transformed into what will become one of Cumbria’s greatest tourist attractions, the 130 acre site being once one of England’s greatest gardens.  The gardens had been forgotten for 70 years and we will be given a guided tour to see the restoration work which has been done to date and to hear about and see the plans for the future. Since our last visit 3 years ago a parterre tapestry designed by Dan Pearson has been constructed in front of the south fa├žade of the castle and work has started on the implementation of a new garden design for the east range of the castle ruins.

Newton Rigg College Gardens, Penrith
The gardens and college grounds include many educational and interesting horticultural features including herbaceous borders, ponds, an organic garden, pleached hornbeam walk, woodland walk, arboretum and an extensive range of ornamental trees and shrubs.  The gardens are an invaluable outdoor laboratory for students of horticulture and we will be given a guided tour by a member of the horticultural department.

Holker Hall Gardens, Grange over Sands
The fine home of Lord and Lady Cavendish is surrounded by 25 acres of romantic gardens with a peaceful arboretum. Formal gardens, flowering meadow and labyrinth, mixed borders, old fashioned roses and many venerable trees including the largest lime tree in England.  Holker is also home to a fabulous water cascade.

Holehird Gardens, Windermere
The Lakeland Horticultural Society Gardens are set on a fell side with stunning views over Lake Windermere.  Originally 5 acres, in recent years the society has taken over extensive adjacent gardens which include a natural tarn and tumbling waterfalls.  This is one of the best maintained and labelled gardens in the U.K., run entirely by volunteers and holds national collections of Astilbe and Polystichum ferns.  The walled garden gives protection to mixed borders whilst the alpine houses protect an always colourful array of tiny gems.

Translating Your Garden (an illustrated talk by Lyn Brunetti)
This beautifully illustrated talk deals in an entertaining and enlightening way with the language of Latin which is used universally for the naming of plants.

Lyn Brunetti was a student at Newton Rigg College before moving to Myerscough College where she gained a first class honours degree in horticulture.  She has trained at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, worked at Powis Castle and Levens Hall.  Since 2002 Lyn has been gardener in charge at a private garden in Cumbria. 

Gardeners Question Time
David Haigh will be joined by Iain Turnbull, the head gardener at Rydal Hall just outside Ambleside.  Trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Iain has been responsible for the gardens at Rydal Hall since 2008.


David Haigh has been in horticulture all his working life, 30 years of which were spent in horticultural education.  His last post was as Head of horticulture at Newton Rigg College, near Penrith.  He is a holder of the Royal Horticultural Societies ‘Master of Horticulture’ qualification.  Now semi-retired, he divides his time between freelance garden writing, running practical training courses and hosting garden holidays.  To keep his hands dirty he tends two allotments where he grows a wide range of crops.  His other great passion is cooking and this usually involves using the produce from his crops.


The 5-night holiday
runs from Sunday evening through to Friday morning and all prices are per person and include full English breakfast, morning coffee, 3 course dinner and VAT @ 20% for the 5 night stay.


Non-participating partners
are welcome, and the cost for them is £30 less than above.

We ask for a deposit of £150 per person for the 5-night holiday, which can be made by cheque or credit card. This is non-refundable unless the room is subsequently relet, and cancellation insurance is available.